Review: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne || Heartbreaking and Beautiful at the Same Time.

Title: How Hard Can Love Be?
Author: Holly Bourne
Series: The Spinster Club, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 480, Paperback
Published: February 1st, 2016 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.


Whoa, this book was an emotional roller coaster. I liked Amber in Am I Normal Yet? but in this book, we get to see her more closely and understand her and damn… I loved her sooo freaking much! There were so many times that I felt so bad for Amber that I kept hugging and patting the book.

Amber is excited to meet her mother after two whole years after she remarried. Although she is going to be away from her bffs, Evie and Lottie, she is more excited to form a new relationship with her mother. But her Summer starts going the exact opposite she was hoping for and on top of that, she starts to develop feelings for Kyle who’s working in the summer camp with Amber. He’s a notorious playboy according to her mother but the heart wants what it wants. Will she be able to handle everything?

Sooo, the plot may sound a little bit cliched. Yes, it was cliched but never have I ever loved a cliched book so freaking much! This was so much more than just summer romance, it dealt with Amber’s views of love and life. Amber always had body image issues for being “too tall” for a girl. This is clearly visible in the previous book as well and we can see how much self-confidence she loses because of that. I could relate to it on a personal level. And I could feel her struggle.

On top of that, she was clinging on to the hope of reconnecting with her mother who moved away two years ago after getting remarried. Damn, I could feel it that she was going to be hella disappointed. I mean, she was so happy and over-excited to meet her mother and what I dreaded came true, I felt so freaking bad for her. It broke my heart to see her hurting.

Kyle, on the other hand, was like a ray of sunshine she never expected in her life. That guy is seriously awesome, he is a forever kind of guy, that I could feel within a few seconds of being introduced to him. He was genuinely caring and sweet. And basically nice to everybody. Amber had a tough time believing such a boy could fall for her because the society’s standards were different. God, I hate that so much! Why does society get to decide what we are gonna wear, where we are gonna go, it’s our life and it’s up to us to decide that!!!

“Why would anyone get drunk? Why does anyone need anything like that to escape the world, when the world is its own antidote?”

Okay, before I divert any further, Amber was a tough girl but there’s a limit to how much she can handle. Luckily she had super-awesome friends who were a part of the Spinster Club as well, I loooved how Evie and Lottie encouraged her and boosted her confidence. Everybody needs friends like that in their life. 🙂

“Be you. It’s all you can ever be anyway. But own being you. It’s a fab thing to own.”

The romance was indeed cuuuuuute! And I very much liked Amber and Kyle together. They were adorable and why her mother was so apprehensive of him becomes clear later so. Seriously, I hated that woman. How could she call herself a mother? She didn’t even try… Although Amber kind of forgave her but it definitely wasn’t an easy thing to do but Amber’s last decision was quite weird, totally based on a whim! It just felt a little weird. But nonetheless, I’m glad how it all turned out in the end.

Overall, How Hard Can Love Be? is an interesting read. The writing flowed so beautifully, I didn’t want to put this book down. I loved how the plot was executed and I felt attached to the characters. I just wish some of the characters were developed more throughout the book, especially Amber’s mother but it was a satisfactory read.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr?

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo || Girl Power at its Peek!

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 369 pages, Paperback
Published: August 31st, 2017 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

She will become a legend but first, she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer – a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.


Soooo, this is the first book I have read by this author. I know, I know… I am one of that 1 % of the bookish population who hasn’t picked up the Six of Crows duology yet but fear not mortals!! I intend to do that very soon. Veeeeery, very soon. Anyway, after reading this book, my expectations are a lot higher for that duology and of course, there’s still the hype.

I had read quite a lot of mixed reviews about this book due to which I kinda delayed reading this book. I was afraid and I soooo grateful to be proved wrong. I was relieved when I found myself enjoying the book.

Diana is the princess of the Amazons but no one considers her to be a true Amazon due to her being born on the island, because of her mother’s want for a child. Desperate to prove herself, Diana takes part in a competition but when she sees a shipwreck, she can’t help herself and saves the only victim alive, Alia who she learns from the Oracle is actually a Warbringer, aka, wherever she goes war will follow. But the Oracle gave her a time and destiny, but if she can’t complete the mission in time, the world would be essentially doomed due to her.

Predictable Plot but Amazing Execution!

I found the plot of Wonder Woman: Warbringer to be a bit predictable. Not totally though. Of course, there was a certain element of surprise that kept me wanting to turn the pages over and over again but overall, as a whole book I kind of understood how this would eventually end, so there was not a big wow factor but nonetheless, the execution of this book was absolutely wonderful! I loved it soooo freaking much.

“We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves.”

Alia belongs to the Keralis family whose bloodline goes back to Helen of Troy and there was only one way to break the Warbringer lineage was to complete a quest before the time ran out. I was totally hooked from the first page.

Diverse Characters!

We have our two main protagonists Diana and Alia and I absolutely loved them! Diana is fierce yet she yearns to be a true Amazon, she wants to earn a place among her people and not just be recognised as the Queen’s daughter. She was strong and brave but I appreciated her vulnerable side too.

“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

Alia was another amazing character. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like her but I found that she was kind of hilarious at times. She was the Warbringer, it took her a loooot of time to grasp the reality of the situation and it felt more realistic due to that. Usually, I have seen that when something happens like this the character is shocked and is okay in the next chapter and ready to take the burden and this was so not the case but I loved how equally brave she was. I also loved how her brother Jason was protective of her but sometimes too overly protective though but they were two diverse characters who I enjoyed very much.

“It’s the people who never learn the word impossible who make history, because they’re the ones who keep trying.”

Nim, who belongs to the LGBTQ community, plus is an Indian (probably a Bong like me!) was the heart of the story! She was creative and totally hilarious at times. I enjoyed the continuous banter between him and Theo, who started off as an irritating character but won my heart in the end. There were do-or-die situations but sometimes their banter made it so funny but equally engaging!

The Action!

I am a huuuge fan of action and I really loved how all the action sequence were executed in this book. I hoped there were more but the one we had were pretty amazing! Diana was mostly the centre of attraction whenever a fight took place and damn she was EPIC!

Kinda Weird Plot Twist!

Okay, this was one of the factors that were kind of not exactly a letdown but weird. I mean, when the Big Bad Guy is revealed, I didn’t feel a chill through my spine (okay I’m exaggerating now…) but I felt that the build-up wasn’t enough. It was going one way, then BAM! Plot twist out of nowhere. Instead of feeling shocked I was just sitting thinking what the heck just happened. You have to read the book to understand what I actually mean.

Anyway, how things were executed after the big reveal was pretty intriguing. It was full of suspense and nail-biting moments and Diana was the one who had to face the toughest choice and I loved the decision she finally took. I loved her loyalty.

Overall,

Wonder Woman: Warbringer despite having a predictable plotline turned out to be an incredibly enjoyable read! The pace was a little slow in the beginning but it caught up soon enough, so it wasn’t that big of a problem. I enjoyed the execution and the writing style and I’m definitely looking forward to picking up more books by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what did you think about this book? Did Wonder Woman: Warbringer reach your expectations or did it fall flat for you? What did you love the most about this book?

Dual Review: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab || Where the Monsters Failed to Grab My Attention

  

Title: This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet
Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity duology
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 411 pages & 470 respectively, Paperback
Published: June 7th, 2016 & June 13th, 2017 respectively by Titan Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:  

Blurb (from Goodreads):

This Savage Song:

Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…

Our Dark Duet:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


First of all, I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out after I finished this duology in the morning. I’m still sad.

Secondly, every time I read August, my mind immediately started playing A to the G to the U to the STD, I’m D’boy because I’m from D.

I didn’t mind though. That song, umm… rap is my jam! I never thought I would love rap, like ever and here I am, all thanks to BTS. Anyway, I should return to the actual review…

I definitely enjoyed this duology but I think my expectations were too high because V.E. Schwab is a pretty hyped author and this dulogy was my first read from her but unfortunately I didn’t fall in love with it. *Black sheep alert!!* Anyway, so I thought I would do a list post review instead of the ones I usually do!

Verity is a city divided into two and they are filled with monsters, the flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-sucking Malachai and the soul-consuming Sunai. Those who follow Harker are protected under him and the South is protected by the Flynns. But they are on the verge of war. When Kate Harker and August Flynn’s world collide, either chaos will break out or peace will finally prevail.

The things I loved-

  • Kate- She made a strong protagonist. I was rooting for her from the very start and I loved her character growth throughout the duology. She was something else when we were first introduced to her, she desperately wanted her father’s approval but as the book proceeded, she learned to stand her own ground. She fought fiercely for what she thought was the right thing to do and I really, really loved that about her.

  • Ilsa- Something about her just made me love her. She was sweet yet fierce. My heart broke after reading her backstory, I so wished a gentle person like that didn’t have to go through so much. And in the 2nd book, I think she somehow knew what would happen to her, that’s why she did that instead of August. That shattered my heart. My poor little heartu…
  • Alice- She was the perfect amount of bad and creepy. I enjoyed her character more than the actual villain. She was sly and only Kate dead. I really hated her but she was a villain I would not forget.
  • The action- The fighting and stuff was pretty awesome. Those scenes were engaging and kept me on my toes. I definitely wanted more of those.

The In-betweens-

  • August (A to the G to the U to the STD….) I liked his character but he didn’t end up on my favourite list. Of course, he had a bigger problem and those were definitely hard to overcome but his resolute always seem to falter and only when Kate urged him to do the right thing, he finally listened. But I loved that he was loyal and wouldn’t leave his friends in danger. He just wanted to experience life as a normal person but for someone like him, life wasn’t exactly a piece of cake.
  • The monsters- They were creative. Definitely creative, I’ll give you that but I thought I was going to be scared a little. It was creepy at times but not that horrifying. Among the Corsai, Malachai and Sunai the last monster, Chaos Eater definitely took the prize. Now that, was indeed terrifying.
  • The plot- Unfortunately didn’t blow me away. I liked it but I just didn’t feel totally invested in the story. I definitely enjoyed the Our Dark Duet more than This Savage Song, although the first book definitely had its moments. But the second book was so much more and things took a more different and violent turn and I loved the unpredictability of it.

The things I didn’t love-

  • Sloan- Eh, shoo you, villain. He was the big bad wolf but every time I read about him, I would just feel meh. I didn’t enjoy his character much. I was not impressed by his villainy. Nuh huh.
  • Pace- The pace was kind of all over the place. The first book started out pretty slow and it mostly focused on Kate and August but the second book was much better regarding pace. They faced a much bigger scenario and I enjoyed how things were executed from there onwards.
  • That ending- Why oh why… *runs away sobbing*

Overall, the Monsters of Verity dulogy was an interesting read but not intriguing enough for me. I enjoyed the plot but I wasn’t 100% invested in it but I definitely enjoyed the characters. Although this series is not a major hit for me, I’m still glad I gave it a try because it definitely had its amazing moments.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what did you think about this duology? Was it a big hit for you or did it fell flat? What was the thing you loved/hated the most in this series?

Review: The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown || Where the rising started off slow but ended with a bang!

   

Title: Red Rising (book 1), Golden Son (book 2), Morning Star (book 3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: The Red Rising Saga
Genre: Dystopia, Science-fiction, [Adult]
Format: Paperback
Published: 25th September 2014, 8th January 2015 & 22nd September 2016 by Hodder Paperbacks respectively
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Red Rising:

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Break the chains. Live for more.

Golden Son:

‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.’

Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.

In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

Hic sunt leones.

Morning Star:

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.


This series has been on my tbr list for a loooong time and it was finally time to tick them off the list. But honestly, I wasn’t that much impressed with Red Rising, I don’t think I would have continued if I already didn’t own the rest of the series. But I’m glad I did pick up because things finally looked up at me from the second half of Golden Son and since then I didn’t have to look back and I thoroughly enjoyed the series.

Darrow is a Red, he lives a world divided by colour and every day is a struggle for survival. He believes he and his mates are doing their best to create a better world for the future generation until he discovers all their efforts were based on a lie. And when the inevitable happens, helped by a rebel group under a nameless leader Ares, Darrow decides to take action by infiltrating the Golds, not by just doing anything but being among one of them. But as time passes Darrow discovers there’s so much more than war, he discovers so much more to life. Will he be finally able to achieve his long lost dream of a better world or will it perish with the uncountable wars?

Interesting Plot!

As I said before Red Rising wasn’t a great read for me. Although things were refreshing and I definitely enjoyed the way things were handled in this book, still it somewhat didn’t feel new. Maybe that’s because I read too much dystopia… Anyway, but as I proceeded onto the next book, things started to look up. The politics were one of the most intriguing parts of this book, this is coming from a girl who loves to stay ten hands away from politics, so yep! In Red Rising, the making of their own houses survival games felt a lot like the Hunger Games but the actual story begins in the second book when Darrow takes command and the actual plan begins to unfold.

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” 

Golden Son begins to shape up the plot for what’s about to come in the next book and the author does a pretty good job at building the momentum. Aaaand, Morning Star was actually pretty awesome! It was pretty brutal and bloody too. Although Ragnar’s part felt a lot like the Unsullied in GoT but I did like his character. Some of my favourite characters died, some lived to see another day but the war was epic actually. I enjoyed the last book the most. It was full of action and suspense and I couldn’t put the book down. There were also some chilly and powerful scenes which made me shiver, and Darrow rightfully earned the name of the Reaper.

Complex and layered characters!

This book had a vaaaaast number of characters but it wasn’t confusing which was a plus. I definitely loved Darrow, our lead protagonist and his character growth throughout the series. When we were first introduced to him, only revenge was the one thing that kept him going but as days passed and he understood the whole scenario, he knew things were so much bigger than just a petty revenge. And I loved that he didn’t give up until the very end. There were moments, but he trudged on. Of course, that wouldn’t have been possible if he didn’t have such great friends to back him up which brings me to them.

“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.” 

Among everybody, I looooved Servo the most. That guy was a nutcase but an adorable goryhell nutcase. His irrevocable loyalty and belief in Servo made me love him even more. And even though the tension between him and Servo reached a notch in Morning Star, I was so glad when they solved it like adults because let’s face it Servo is awesome but he is not a great at being a leader. Not only Darrow but seeing all the characters grow throughout the series made me super happy!! Also, I loved Mustang, I never ever doubted her for a second. I loved the chemistry between Mustang and Servo and how their relationship slowly developed from allies to something much more. 

One of the most interesting characters was the Jackel, Mustang’s stepbrother. That guy felt shady from the moment he was introduced and the web of lies he so neatly arranged was mind-boggling. The other villains were pretty interesting as well but I just wanted to beat the heck out of them with my ever-lasting frying pan!! They stooped so low and the Jackel didn’t even care about the consequences and *spoiler*I was glad to see him getting the deserved “reward” in the end.

And even after everything I somehow didn’t lose faith in Cassius, I knew he would eventually choose the best in the end. I just somehow had that gut feeling and I was overjoyed to see him and Darrow reunite at the end.*end of spoiler*

Freaking plot twists!

Another reason to love this series. It kept on surprising me out of bloody nowhere. This especially happened with the war strategies and stuff and it was pretty interesting and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. And there were so many freaking deaths.

“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.” 

The most shocking part was Ares’ identity, I seriously did not see that coming. I was woooooahh!! Hold it right there but oh well nobody listened because of the bloody war. *spoiler*Also, Ares’s death was like out of nowhere but it was Ragnar’s death which gutted me the most.*end of spoiler*

Overall,

The Red Rising Saga was an interesting read and I’m glad I was able to enjoy this series till the very end although the beginning was not very strong. I fell in love with the characters and the plot was complex enough for me to keep reading on. I loved the character growth and the way everything was written made it a pretty smooth read. At first, I thought with Morning Star things would come to an end but as everybody knows by now, the fourth book, Iron Gold is coming out next year, although I still don’t know how I feel about that because the blurb is kinda heartbreaking but obviously realistic, I think I would be picking it up.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this series? Have you read it yet or is it in your tbr? Who’s your favourite character? Are you looking forward to the next book in this series?

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon || Where the universe failed me, epically

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 344 pages, Paperback
Published: November 1st, 2016 by Corgi Childrens
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


After reading Everything, Everything which I adored very much, this book was rather a letdown. But there were still some parts that I enjoyed, so I decided not to make this review long but write a simple line review with what I liked and disliked instead!

Basically, Natasha along with her family is being deported to Jamaica as they are illegal immigrants and Natasha holds onto the one tiny bit of a hope to stop the deportation. She doesn’t want to leave her life, her friends behind in the US. In that one fateful day, she meets Daniel and somehow their worlds collide. Will they be able to have a future or will their first day together be their last?

What I liked:

  • The diverse representation. Our main leads, Natasha is Jamaican and Daniel is Korean. Whereas Natasha loves science and facts, Daniel is the complete opposite, a foremost poet whose imaginations knows no bounds.
  • The immigration representation. Both Natasha and Daniel are immigrants. The only difference is Natasha’s family came illegally and thus are being forced to go back after the truth gets revealed in front of officials. Natasha’s desperation and struggle felt real and also the official problem of immigration was handled realistically.
  • Usually, the middle portions of many books lag behind but I surprisingly found myself enjoying that very part in this book. Though I was not a fan of the beginning or the end.
  • The coincidences were rather sweet. Sometimes they were a bit too obvious but I found myself enjoying those.
  • The insta-love didn’t bother me much but I didn’t end up enjoying it either.

What I didn’t like:

  • The narration. The way the story is narrated made it much more hard to like it and connect with the story and some parts felt like a complete bore.
  • Daniel was okay but I found Natasha a bit annoying sometimes. Overall, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Although there were some aspects I liked but mostly the characters failed to make its mark on me.
  • I completely felt irritated with both Natasha’s family members as well as Daniel’s. Whereas Daniel’s family members were simply prejudiced and didn’t like anything other than their culture, Natasha’s parents didn’t even try understanding her, especially her father who was a complete failure at his role as a father.
  • Daniel’s brother who gets a special mention because I’ve never met a complete asshole like him before! I just didn’t understand his purpose in the story. I wanted to hit him with a frying pan! Also, his relationship with Daniel was a complete mess, although did try but a relationship can’t be mended from only one side.
  • The ending felt weird. Simply weird. I mean what was that?!!! I was so not satisfied with the abrupt ending, I wanted more from it but alas, I didn’t get that satisfaction either.

Basically me after finishing this book. Also, I love my bias!

Overall, The Sun Is Also A Star was an okay read. I felt the story had more potential but it fell flat for me. I didn’t enjoy the plot or the characters much. I couldn’t connect with the writing and the pace felt unstructured throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it?

Review: The Infinite Sea & The Last Star by Rick Yancey || Where things boiled down to an underwhelming end

Title: The Infinite Sea
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 2
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 300 pages, Paperback
Published: September 16th, 2014 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth’s remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It’s about to get worse.

No one yet knows the depths to which Earth’s conquerors—the Others—will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore—and others will face the ultimate test.


Like I already said in my review of The Selection trilogy, I really want to try and finish the full series that I already own and I was in the mood for some alien drama and hence picked it up! This book picked up from where The 5th Wave had ended. The gang has no idea what happened to Evan and they are trying to stay as low key as possible but it is it ever possible in a world plagued by monsters?

I really enjoyed The 5th Wave and though I already had this book, I really wanted to read the whole series together, so I waited a bit for The Last Star to come out but I was disheartened by the reviews and hence I didn’t pick it up then. But my mood finally stroke and I ended up binge reading book 2 and 3 together. The Infinite Sea started off slow and it kinda mostly stayed stagnant like that but the book was not devoid of actions. Like the previous book, this book is also narrated in multiple POVs but this book is dominated by Ringer’s POVs and surprisingly I didn’t mind that much because I actually enjoyed the story from her view too but wanted more from Cassie’s too.

“When you look death in the eye and death blinks first, nothing seems impossible.”

Anyway, the action kept me engaged throughout the book. Ringer is not someone to sit back and see what happens, so naturally, she embarked an adventure on her own which was pretty interesting and exciting to read about. Poundcake’s backstory really made me sad but he indeed was a brave little guy. A few new characters are also introduced in this book but Razor was the one who intrigued me the most. The one thing I hated the most was Sam’s change of attitude. Like seriously! It gave me a whiplash! His sister did everything for him and instead of being a little thankful and happy she is not dead, he does the complete opposite. Sam went on from being my favourite character to my most hated.

*Spoilery* Over, The Infinite Sea was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and the new POVs were pretty interesting to read. And I also got to seeeeee Evan!! I was seriously worried about him and when he and Cassie were finally reunited, I was happy as hell! *End of Spoiler*

Recommend it?

Yes.


Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 3
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 338 pages, Paperback
Published: May 24th, 2016 by Penguin Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Everything boiled down to the last book. I was seriously so afraid to start this book but I needed to know the answers as well, I needed to know how everything ended. And I did enjoy this book but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations.

The 2nd book really set up the pace for this book and things started on an exciting note. Everything was much more chaotic which made the plot confusing at times. This book mostly had Cassie and Ringer’s POV and I enjoyed them both. They both were such badass characters and although they didn’t see eye to eye on most of the things but they were mature enough to side together when it came down to the actual enemy. My hatred for Sam increased in this book. Seriously, how could he treat his own sister like that? Nonetheless, I liked Ben (and I was freaking right who he ended up with in the end!!) but I didn’t care for him as much as Evan and I wish I had got to see more of him and Cassie together.

“Love is forever. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be love.
The world is beautiful. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be the world.”

But I wanted more from the plot. It was like they were moving but still kind of stuck like in book 2. Though the last part was interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. I enjoyed the actions the most in the book but unfortunately, the plot twist was not as shocking because it was already spoiled for me but I still enjoyed the execution. But the ending! I did not see it coming. Not from far far away! Why?!! Why the hell did it happen that way? When I actually read that part I had to recheck if I was reading it right because it happened all of a sudden! And I was not ready for it.

Overall, The Last Star, although an enjoyable read was underwhelming. The loose ends were tied I did enjoy the overall story but I wanted more and I was not satisfied how everything ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, have you completed this series yet? What did you think about this trilogy?

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell || Where my feelings turned into a mushy gushy mess!

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Standalone
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBT, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page count and format: 517 pages, Paperback
Published: October 8th, 2015 by Macmillan
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here – it’s their last year at Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a love letter to love stories and the power of words – to every ‘chosen one’ who ever had more on their mind than saving the world…


This book was my 3rd Rainbow Rowell read and I looooved it so freaking much!! Though I wish I would have bought this book a little later because the new cover is sooo amazing and beautiful!! You would already know this if you have read Fangirl, Carry On originally started as fanfiction by the protagonist Cath in Fangirl and I enjoyed the snippets of the story so much while reading that book and I was so freaking excited when this came out as whole story instead (not anyway related to Fangirl). Anyhooo, this book was really a ride I won’t ever forget!

Simon Snow has to deal with a lot being the chosen one and everything becomes more chaotic in his life with his girlfriend breaks up with him and he realises he has feelings for his enemy, Baz! And then there’s the Humdrum who has been after Simon since forever and his mentor has been keen on avoiding him for the last few months. With everything going on, how will Simon face the ultimate challenge when he comes face to face with the truth?

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This book was a blast! I think I decided to pick it up later because of the similarities with Harry Potter. And I could see why other reviewers were saying so but I only felt that only felt during the beginning of the book because a whole new story develops as the plot proceeds. Though I definitely have to say it’s a book heaven for Drarry shippers! Anyway, let’s come back to the plot! Simon Snow is the chosen one, destined to be the greatest mage of all times and the one to be able to defeat the Humdrum. But his life isn’t that simple, although he is the chosen one he is not able to control his magic and he sometimes just “blows off” when things become too hard to handle. This book definitely started off strong and managed to keep my interest throughout the book.

Simon is just an adorable mushy character and I loved him to death! Although Baz, his roommate who he doubted was a vampire and he was his mortal enemy, still Simon was worried sick when he didn’t show up when the term started. I was so giddy with excitement, I could see how much he cared for Baz with realising it himself. The only complaint I have is that I really wished Baz would have shown up much earlier, it would have been awesome to see more of their bantering it was really hilarious at times and laced with humour. 

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Carry On was divided into multiple POVs, though it mostly consisted of Simon’s voice, it was pretty interesting to read other POVs too, especially Baz’s though I really didn’t understand the need to include Agatha’s POV because her chapters were bland and boring just like her personality. Her sudden crush on Baz and then suddenly realising he was bad and childish, I didn’t quite understand her change of feelings. Simon’s obsession, well not quite obsession but the thing he had with Agatha was quite weird too because it was so clear they didn’t have any true feelings for each other but were just together because it was perfect in everybody’s eyes and Simon’s urge to have Agatha back in her life was extremely weird. Again. That’s the only time I wanted to shake him hard enough until those thoughts flew out of his pretty brain. Though I think it was because he saw things the same way as everybody else and did not realise his true need until he got out of that relationship and began to see things differently with the help of a certain someone. *Ahem!*

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On the other hand, Penelope was a great character. She reminded me of Hermione and she was quite fun to read about, I loved the friendship she shared with Simon and from the very start, you get the feeling that it’s a kind of friendship that lasts a lifetime, maybe even more. Anyway, Baz’s chapter were the ones I loved the most! He had a wicked sense of humour and for the first time, I didn’t feel irritated when he was doing the exact opposite of what he was feeling because I understood where he was coming from and gosh ALL THE FEELS!! I was silently cheering when they finally started working together to solve a particular case and thus, the actual journey between them started. The chemistry between them was GAAAH!!! Too much, too good! And when they finally kissed, my feelings were everywhere, I had to re-read that particular page a couple to times to make sure it was really happening because it caught me off-guard, I definitely hadn’t expected that to happen but OMG, it was just sooo good!

The plot twist was another thing which caught me off-caught and it was definitely was one of the wow factors of this book because yep, did not see that coming either! I really loved how the entire thing with the Humdrum was executed, it definitely made things more intriguing. Also, the thing with the mage and Lucy’s POV were interesting enough to keep me glued to the pages. But the spells stuff was quite silly though, I would have enjoyed that part more if there was a different yet a unique aspect to that part. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed how the things were tied in the end, although it was a little bitter sweet, I was completely satisfied with the ending!

Overall, Carry On was a freaking fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I soooo loved the romance between Simon and Baz which left me wanting for more. The writing was quirky and fun to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I really needed this book in my life, I seriously didn’t think I would enjoy it this much but it was so worth it!

Recommend it?

YES!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think? Did you love it or was it just meh for you? Or is it still waiting in your tbr?

Review: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne || Feminism, mental health and positive female friendship!

Title: Am I Normal Yet?
Author: Holly Bourne
Series: The Spinster Club, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental-Health, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 434, Paperback
Published: August 1st, 2015 by Usborne Publishing Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…

But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?


This book was such an epic read!! I breezed through it in no time. Though the beginning was a little slow and I was kinda afraid because of the hype surrounding it but then I understood why everybody loves this book so much!

Am I Normal Yet? follows Evie’s journey as she tries to live a normal life while struggling with her OCD and anxiety. But she is finally taking a step forward, she is ticking off all the things that she has always wanted to do in high school except one, being in a relationship. She wants to tick that off her list too but she can’t even tell her best friends about her condition, will she be able to handle love?

“Mental illnesses grab you by the leg, screaming, and chow you down whole.They make you selfish. They make you irrational. They make you irrational. They make you self-absorbed. They make you needy. They make you cancel plans last minute. They make you not very fun to spend time with. They make you exhausting to be near.”

This book was sooo freaking good. It dealt with so many important topics and it was so relatable! Evie is finally trying to get back to a normal life and be just like the other kids her age but she can’t completely erase anxiety and OCD out of her life. They take a toll on her every day and it’s a daily battle she has to fight. This book dealt with the importance of spreading mental health awareness and the aspect of mental health was handled realistically in this book. Not only that, I LOVED the perfect blend of feminism in this book too.

“Do you ever wonder,” he asked, “how we decide what’s mad and what isn’t? There’s so much crazy stuff in the world – everything’s a mess most of the time – but then people who can’t handle it are called mental and have films made about them… But what if they’re just reacting to the weirdness of the universe? Isn’t it more weird to just think everything’s okay, when it clearly isn’t?” 

Despite making two great friends like Amber and Lottie, Evie is reluctant to share that part of her life, afraid that they might turn her back on her and think her as a freak. As much as I wanted Evie to be open to them, I could understand where she was coming from. But yes, if she was more open to them, facing her problems might have been a little easier but try telling that you to heart. Damn you, heart! There were plenty of situations where it broke my heart, I just wanted to be there for Evie, I wanted to hug her and be there for her, it completely shattered me how she had to face those situations all alone.

From the moment she met Guy (what a weird name! seriously!!), she felt something towards him. Their attraction was visible but damn you, Evie! She deserved so much better than someone named Guy. From the beginning, that boy was anything but trouble and I guess, Evie was attracted towards the bad boy image more than him. The thing between them never felt right to me and it was kinda proved rightly so. I seriously hated Evie for how she treated Oli. I understood, I goddamn understood but she lied to hide more lies and that bothered me very much. She should have at least spoken up about it without taking sides. But I was soooo glad to read the last page of that book and I seriously wanted more.

Anyway, I loved the friendship between the trio. I envied their friendship, it was kind of a friendship that lasted forever. Evie, Lottie and Amber made quite an epic team and their idea to start a spinster club was damn awesome. I wish I could be a part of that team too. Jane was the only friend who knew about Evie but she now has to deal with their friendship falling apart due to Jane’s new found relationship as well. I could so much relate to her feeling overwhelmed and don’t even get me started on anxiety. Despite her daily struggles, despite everything, she was indeed a brave soul.

“Everyone’s on the cliff edge of normal. Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there’s no ‘normal’ way of dealing with it… There is no normal, Evelyn.”

Overall, Am I Normal Yet? was a great eye-opening read. The plot was executed in a realistic way and I fell in love with the characters despite their flaws. It dealt with so many issues which were treated in a sensitive and compassionate way. The writing was beautiful, smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I already have book 2 and I can’t wait to dive into it.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? And if you haven’t, is it in your tbr?

Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare || Which left me utterly heartbroken

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 699 pages, Paperback
Published: May 23rd, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


I picked up Lord of Shadows right after finishing Lady Midnight. This book lived up to my expectations in so many ways. As much as I loved this book, it also broke my heart and I am not going to recover completely until I get my fix, aka the conclusion to this trilogy!!! I sooo wish I could get it now because I am dying to know what’ll happen next!

*Spoilerish, mundanes!*

Surrounded by enemies, the only hope of breaking the cold peace and having the Seelie Queen by their side is if the Blackthorns and Emma can bring her the Black Volume of the Dead. Meanwhile, Emma relationship with Julian becomes more complicated due to their love for each other despite being parabatais. When faced with the ultimate challenge, will Julian and Emma be able to stop the Dearborns from taking their home, the Institute and from starting another war or will it result in a bloodbath?

I was sucked into this book from the very first page. The plot was seriously addicting! Emma continues with her fake relationship with Mark in hope of trying to get Julian to hate her. Despite that, the affection between them continues to grow. The fae realm always gives me kind of creeps but the adventure in those lands are equally memorable. So, when Gywn comes up with the news of Kieran’s execution for helping them, despite bitter feelings Mark goes out to help him and Emma, Julian and Christina follows. It was definitely an exciting and daring adventure, though the fae realm always leaves a mark. And Auther’s death was so sudden, I didn’t even know how to react to that!

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

Emma reminded me a lot of Jace, she is equally sassy and humorous as well as a kickass fighter. She continues to amaze me. And Julian. Oh, my dear Julian. Sighs. His love for Emma did make him scary sometimes but other than that nobody could be more loyal than that guy and his love for his family melted my heart but his planning of presenting Annabel in front of the Clave and getting the Black Volume anyhow showed another (a little sinister) part of him. Despite everything, the duo of Emma and Julian is everything!! Their chemistry was off the charts!

“It was terrifying to love someone who was forbidden to you. Terrifying to feel something you could never speak of, something that was horrible to almost everyone you knew, something that could destroy your life.”

The family aspect was as usual pretty awesome!! And the representation of Autism was done well once again. I simply loved Ty so much. Kit made a lot of appearance in this book and along with Livvy, these three made a great team! I especially loved the relationship between Ty and Kit, Kit was Ty’s Watson to his Sherlock!

“Fiction is truth, even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”

Although I was wary of Mark in the first book but he totally earned my forgiveness. Although he misses the freedom of the sky, his loyalty to his family was commendable and also Cristina might have been a teeny-tiny reason too. Which brings me my next point, the trio of Mark, Cristina and Kieran was a little weird, I didn’t mind much but it sure felt like another love triangle though I am definitely team Mark and Cristina!

“I think you cannot root out love entirely. I think where there has been love, there will always be embers, as the remains of a bonfire outlast the flame.”

Annnnd Magnus was in this book! I love Magnus, so freaking much! ❤ I love how he and Alec pop up everytime somebody needs help. And I love his sense of humour! My heart broke after seeing Alec’s reaction after everything went down in the final meeting. The mess wouldn’t have happened if not for Dearborns and other downworlder haters. They are no good than Valentine and Zara, my god!! I hate her so freaking much! All of the anti-downworlders were narrow-minded as hell.I seriously hope she gets the deserved punishment for everything she did in her lifetime! Oh, but what I loved was Diana’s backstory!! I loved the diversity in this book!!

Overall, Lord of Shadows was a fantastic read! I don’t have a single complaint about this book BUT WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK SCHEDULED IN 2019!!! I won’t be sane till then! That is pure torture guys, pure torture. I am still devasted by how everything ended! This was the meanest cliffhanger ever!

Anyway, the plot was executed neatly and perfectly and I fell in love with the characters all over again. The writing was beautiful and it flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously need book 3 in my life right now!!

Recommend it?

Do I even need to say it?


So guys, have you finished this book yet? How was your experience? Or are you still waiting to pick it up?

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare || Where the characters were imperfectly perfect

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 698 pages, Paperback
Published: March 8th, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.


Soo, I successfully stalled for nearly a near to start reading Lady Midnight. Because of my newly formed binge reading habit, I find it’s better to read a series at once rather than wait a year to read the next one. Although I have to wait another year for the 3rd book, I somehow have to manage. For now, let’s jump into this review, shall we?

This book was such an epic read!! Cassandra Clare never fails to surprise me and I am falling more and more in love with the Shadowhunter universe as each day passes. We already got a glimpse of Emma and Julian in the last book of The Mortal Instruments series and I was super excited to read their story and I’m glad my expectations were met.

Emma’s parents died during the dark war with Sebastian Morgenstern leading everybody to believe he was responsible for their death but Emma never quite believed so, especially because of their manner of death. Now, after five years later, similar kinds of deaths are resurfacing and the targets are not only humans but also faes. After the dark war and the faes’ betrayal which led to the treaty of the Cold Peace, the shadowhunters are forbidden to do anything with the faes but when the faes return Mark, the Blackthorn’s older brother as a bargaining chip, Emma and Julian are forced to make a decision against their law. And to make matters complicated, the feelings between the two parabatais have started to blur. Will Emma be able to handle everything and take her revenge which she longed for so many years?

The plot was unique and it didn’t fail to surprise me on numerous occasion. We are taken on a wild ride from the very first page. Returning to the Shadowhunters universe was one of the best feelings ever. Five years ago, the dark war took Emma’s parents and since then her only motto has been to avenge her parents’ death. After five years of nothingness, similar kinds of murders incite Emma to start looking into the deaths. Despite learning about fae deaths among the humans, Emma doesn’t back away and Julian is always there by her side, to protect her. One clue led to another, and I couldn’t put this book down.

“Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”

I loved the all the characters in this book so freaking much! Emma and Julian were just adorable. Emma was simply badass! She was feisty and sassy while Julian always stayed by her side, he was the complete opposite to Emma yet if anything happened to her, or if she was in danger, Julian would be the first one to shield her against any kind of trouble. Despite loving the concept of Parabatai (I am definitely eager to know more backstory behind it) I couldn’t help but think it as a curse in Emma and Julian’s case. Well, technically, it kind of is if that line is crossed and Emma and Julian crossed that line for more than once in this book which was quite surprising, not because of them but because the author doesn’t usually take this path so soon. Anyway, they couldn’t be more perfect for each other, they balance each other and their understanding was on a totally different level.

“A gentle boy with a gentle soul, but every soul contains its own opposite, and the opposite of gentleness was ruthlessness—the beautiful wreckage of mercy.”

Julian was the sweetest, after his parents’ death and Mark being taken away while Helen was thrown out, he had to take the role of the parent and damn, he did a fantastic job. The only downside was that he forgot to take care of himself and although Emma was there but he took a great burden upon his little shoulders. But I loved family aspect of this book, the sibling love, how each of them took care of one another which leads me to the amazing representation of Autism. Ty, one of Julian’s younger siblings suffer from it and it was one of the most accurate representations ever.

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”

Mark, I am still wary of that guy. I mean after getting being taken by the Wild Hunt for so long, he is a totally different person. He takes a lot of time to adjust to being a wholesome shadowhunter again and his love for his siblings was there, it never went away despite his being away. He definitely was an intriguing as well as a diverse character and I am eager to know more about him. The other secondary characters were fun to read about too, I loved Christina and Malcolm, the high/resident warlock was an interesting character as well.

“Some betrayals cannot be forgiven.”

The plot twist was quite shocking, though we are eased into it still the betrayal felt heavy on the heart. But the thing that was the hardest about the ending was Emma’s decision. It was cruel but necessary but I waaaant my shipty ship to sail!! I want Emma and Julian together! I also enjoyed seeing my favourite characters from TMI series in this book, it was an added bonus! The epilogue introduced us to our next villain and although it was a bit cliche I loved it, I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for us.

Overall, Lady Midnight was a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and the twists and turns kept me engaged throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters and I can’t wait to read more about them, the Parabatai curse is another thing that I’m very interested to read about in Lord of Shadows. The writing was beautiful and it was fast-paced.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author? If yes, which book has been your favourite so far?